Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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From the ashes

Church Transitions | In a county where African-American homes have been burned to the ground, black and white churches begin the healing process
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/11/09, 12:00 am

INDIAN HEAD, Md.-On Feb. 10, Rev. Lucius Ross arrived at his small church, Smith Chapel in La Plata, Md., to find a racial epithet, the n-word, sprayed on the front door. The paint wouldn't come off, so Ross taped brown paper over it. His church was one of four places in the area that had been covered with racially offensive graffiti and swastikas. A week before, other racist graffiti appeared on two area schools.

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Vouchers working

Education | A new study shows that the D.C.
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/08/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Under the direction of a Democratic Congress, the first federally funded program providing low-income families with education scholarships in Washington, D.C., is presumably in its final days. But a newly released Department of Education study evaluating the program's first three years shows reading improvements among participating students.

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Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas (AP/Photo by Toby Talbot)

Gay marriage spreads

Marriage | The D.C.
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/07/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-The D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages, the same day Vermont became the fourth state to legalize homosexual marriages-the first state to do so through legislation. The Iowa Supreme Court made gay marriage legal in that state last week, joining the ranks of Massachusetts and Connecticut.

D.C. Council member David Catania, who is homosexual, told reporters the vote was part of "the march towards human rights and equality."

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